IEEE Internet Computing's "Peering" column, edited by Charles Petrie, provides a forum for provocative essays (700-2,100 words) on various topics that affect the entire Internet community. Possible topics might include how to address some of the faults underlying prevailing ideas in computing, how networking technology will need to advance once all our everyday things have digital heartbeats, or a map of the world of networking as it could appear five, 10, or 20 years from now -- a world in which we might not even recognize the Internet we know today.

To discuss a topic's suitability and to arrange for timely submission and review, interested contributors should email an ASCII message with the proposed column's title and a one-paragraph outline to department editor Barry Leiba. Please indicate in the subject line that it is an idea for IC "Peering". (If you email me directly, which is not recommended, please read the instructions on "contact information".)


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1 The column name has changed from "Peer to Peer", starting in 2007. The previous name had a primarily technical meaning, so the pun raised the wrong expectations in some of our readers. "Peering" has a primarily English definition that better fits the intent of this column, while also having a secondary technical meaning that makes roughly the same pun as the old column name.